December 21, 2011

A Dandy Chandi

The August Project

The after photo.
Here is the before photo. 
 I bought it for $25 at an antique store in Indiana. 
(Can you believe the original purchase price was $125??)
I am so happy with the results, and ecstatic to find the the wiring was still in good shape something I didn't think of when purchasing the darn thing, thank goodness it all worked out. 
Hope you enjoyed the before and after photo's. 

Bon Nuit.

December 8, 2011


Watch this old cabinet door transform.
 Take this old cabinet door. Clean it up, sand it down and spray paint it.

 Rip up a few pages from your used book and lay them out so you have an idea of the number of pages you'll need.

 Take your trusty modpodge out and do your thing. Allow the glue to dry completely. Once glue has dried apply a coat of clear poly, repeat if necessary. 

 Don't forget to add sctrach pads on the back of the door, you don't want to scratch up your furniture or have an uneven tray from the screws of the handles. 

Now you can attached the handles. 

Isn't she beautiful?


 This would make an awesome Christmas gift. 

Bonne Journee

December 1, 2011

Guest List

(click to enlarge)
Grab the guest list because we are making place cards. 

First I need to share my new art project find, "Nat Geo Art". I stumbled on this project on youtube and was so fascinated with the results I immediately ordered Citrasolv. A couple weeks later I stumbled on a pile of National Geographic Magazines from 1978 on a recent "junking" adventure with a girlfriend of mine. How lucky am I?  
Ok-Here are the Why's...
-Why Nat Geo? From what I understand the magazines were made with a certain type of ink that reacts to the degreaser(which leads me to the next why).
Why Citrasolv? Apparently this reacts the best to the ink.
Why 1978? The magazine should be at least 10 years old or older I'm guessing it's because they(Nat Geo) no longer use this type of ink.

Here are the steps to create this beautiful abstract art paper. 
1. Simply paint on a generous amount of the orange degreaser on all pages or pages you wish to alter.
2. Close the magazine pat down excess and leave it closed for 30mins.
3. Be ready to be amazed. Open the magazine rip out the pages and hang or lay them on a flat surface to dry.
**Note: this is very messy so be sure to protect your surface area**
Just look at the images... this makes me so happy.
So now you have a ton of this paper, what now? The first thing I made was place cards.
I mod podge(glued) the paper to plain white card stock for stability and since I still have a little chalk paint left over from my chalk board I went ahead and painted name boxes on each card. 
I can erase if I spell someones name wrong or make last minutes changes. 

**Note when painting on the chalk paint use a paint brush. It makes for a much smoother surface than something like a sponge brush**